This online research guide is designed specifically for students in Tom Akbari's expository writing class on "Writing in the Sciences." Here you can explore some strategies for the Unit 2 assignment. You'll also find search tips (these also apply to all kinds of research), great databases for science research, and helpful tips, links, and resources for research help.

What's In This Guide

Specific Strategies

  • Tips for approaching the research process for this assignment

Evaluating Sources

  • How do we know when a source is worthwhile? 
  • "Peer review" and "scholarly articles"
  • How do we prioritize one source over another?

Recommended Databases

  • The primary databases best suited to this assignment
  • Database suggestions specific to different scientific fields

Getting Help

Cabot Science Library Reference Librarians can help with a wide range of topics, including medicine and biomedicine, and they can refer you to other science libraries at Harvard.

Harvard Extension School Librarians

Online research guides: we have many guides like the one you're reading now, including guides oriented towards specific subject areas. ​ ​

General questions/making an appointment: Email or chat with library staff via Ask a Librarian whenever you hit a stumbling block; you can also Request a Research Appointment to meet with a Research Librarian one-on-one. (No need specify a librarian or a library, just say a few words about what you're looking for help with and name the course when applicable.)